Coronavirus: Foreign Ministry issues new travel advice

The Foreign Ministry has issued updated travel advice as follows:
Travel advice:
Avoid all travel abroad unless absolutely necessary
Travel advice validity period:
As of 15/3/2020, 01.00 Cyprus time, up to and including 30/3/2020.
In light of the continuing worldwide spread of coronavirus COVID-19 and given its classification by the World Health Organisation as a pandemic, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises Cypriot citizens to avoid travelling abroad unless absolutely necessary.
Citizens of the Republic of Cyprus who are temporarily abroad or permanently reside abroad are advised to be particularly cautious, to follow local and international media on the latest developments regarding COVID-19, to follow the relevant instructions of the country’s authorities, to take self-protection measures, as well as to inform the accredited Diplomatic Mission of the Republic of their presence in the country.
Cypriot citizens who are or intend to travel abroad are encouraged to register on the website
Relevant announcements, press releases, and information published by the Ministry of Health and other competent Authorities and Services of the Republic, including advice from the Ministry of Interior pertaining to documentation required for entry to the Republic of Cyprus, are available on the dedicated website created for this purpose, at

Cruise ship crew taken to Limassol hospital

 Former top EUA crew member on an Italian cruise ship off the coast of Cyprus was taken to hospital after showing suspected symptoms of the coronavirus.
According to the Cyprus News Agency, the Costa Diadema arrived at Limassol port in the early morning hours on Tuesday, where an individual on the cruise liner was transported to Limassol General Hospital.
Costa Diadema has a capacity of 5000 but was traveling without passengers following a suspension of cruises by the company due to the coronavirus pandemic
CNA cited media reports that said staff on the ship had shown symptoms of the coronavirus, while the captain asked Cypriot authorities for assistance after the medical condition of one crew member began to deteriorate.
The ship approached a berthing location and dropped anchor around 2:30am, with a state vessel receiving the crew member and transporting the patient to Limassol General. diplomat Federica Mogherini, Norwegian Foreign Minister and Cypriot women with leadership positions were among speakers of an event organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Nicosia to mark the 25th anniversary of the Beijing declaration for women’s rights.
In an address, Foreign Minister Nicos Christodoulides told “Women in Diplomacy” referred to the Ministry`s efforts to include women’s rights into the country’s foreign policy and more specifically to the recent appointment of Gender Equality Advisor Josie Christodoulou.
“GenderEquality should be included and mainstreamed as a horizontal priority in foreign policy. We cannot discuss and implement policies that do not take into account the different needs of women and we can’t do so without women around the table,” Christodoulides said.

Famagusta Municipality holds protest over Turkish occupied Varosha event

 The Mayor and the members of the Municipal Council of Turkish occupied Famagusta are set to hold a protest at the Deryneia crossing point, over a round table meeting which takes place on Saturday in the fenced – off part of Famagusta, known as Varosha.
The Municipal Council will have today an extraordinary meeting to discuss steps to be taken. The round table meeting is organized by the Turkish Bar Association with the participation of Turkey’s Vice President Fuat Oktay and Turkey’s Justice Minister Abdülhamit Gül.
After the meeting the municipal council will march to the Deryneia crossing point to protest against the Turkish event.
In statements to CNA, Famagusta Mayor Simos Ioannou said that in its extraordinary meeting this afternoon, the municipal council will take “peaceful but dynamic decisions.”
He also said that the council has sent a letter of protest to the UN Secretary General and the permanent members of the UN Security Council and that it is expecting for a meeting to be arranged with the UN SG’s Special Representative in ....

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